The Art of Jazz – Call for Artists

Westbury Arts invites jazz musicians who are also visual artists to participate in “The Art of Jazz” an art exhibition and series of performances in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. The Art of Jazz seeks to explore the connection between the creative processes behind jazz music and visual art. We will take a deeper look into the synergy between visual arts and performing arts and improvisation and how the two art forms speak to each other and influence each other within the artistic practice of individual artists.

The Art of Jazz will begin on April 1, 2022 with an opening reception, art exhibit, and panel discussion featuring works of selected jazz musicians. The panel discussion will allow each artist an opportunity to talk about both their visual and musical art, how one informs or influences the other and the crossover between the two creative processes. We will explore the process by which the artists create mood, color and tone within their musical and artistic palettes, the motivation for exploring multiple artistic avenues, and how each influences and inspires creativity.

Beginning on April 2 and continuing each Saturday during Jazz Appreciation month , we will present weekly concerts featuring one or more of the selected musician artists. Each week would give the participating artists the opportunity to present their music surrounded by their visual art. These performances will be held in Westbury Arts’ performance space which is an intimate venue that will allow the musician artists to connect directly with the audience. Musician artists will be paid for their performance based on the size of the group performing.

 

DEADLINE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

Entries must be submitted before 11:59 pm Friday, March 11, 2022

Acceptance notification sent to all artists by Friday, March 15, 2022

Artwork delivery 255 Schenck Ave, Westbury: Saturday, March 26, 2022 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Artwork Pickup May 1, 2022

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion – Friday, April 1, 2022

Exhibition Dates – April 1-30, 2022

Performance Dates – April 2, 9, 14, 23, 30

Note: Our performance space is small and would best accommodate musical groups with 5 or fewer members. A PA system will be provided but no other backline.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists must be 18 years or over and reside in the U.S. Work to be considered can be either 2 or 3 dimensional, no larger than 48” on either side and wired to hang. We cannot accept works without wire to hang. 3D works may be limited by our ability to properly display them.

SALES: You may offer your artwork for sale or it will be marked NFS (Not for Sale). Artists agree to donate 20% of the sale price of any work sold during this exhibition. Westbury Arts will handle the sale and report the sales tax.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Artists must be jazz musicians. The entry form must be filled out completely. Review of 2-D and 3-D works will be done entirely from JPEGs or PNGs. No other formats will be accepted. Each image should be labeled with the artist’s last name followed by the title of the work. Maximum file size for any individual image is 100 MBs. Up to four (4) works can be submitted by an artist, space permitting. Each artist/musician must include links, where indicated, to their music online (Band Camp, Spotify, Reverb Nation, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) Please do not send MP3s or WAV files.

Your completion of the entry form will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated herein. A panel of Westbury Arts members will determine which works will be accepted. Considerations will include subject matter (should be family friendly) and artistic merit. All decisions will be final. Please note: There are only 5 performance dates. We will do our best to allow each exhibiting artist a performance but, in the event that we receive a high volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that each artist will also perform. It is not necessary for every member of an artist’s musical ensemble to also be a visual artist. But each performance will include at least one exhibiting artist.

This project is made possible with funds from the Restart NY Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council.”